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Real Estate and Urban Land Economics


The undergraduate program in real estate provides concentrated coursework in all aspects of the real estate enterprise. The program is nationally renowned for its ability to develop real estate professionals with superb analytical skills. Many of the graduates of the program go on to work as managers of and advisors to pension funds, insurance companies, real estate investment trusts, and investment banks. Other graduates of the program go on to take public and private industry jobs in real estate development, appraisal, corporate real estate asset management, and real estate analysis.

Requirements for the Major

To major in real estate and urban land economics, a student must take:

Real Est 306 The Real Estate Process, 3 cr
Real Est 312 Real Estate Law, 3 cr
Real Est 410 Real Estate Finance, 3 cr
Real Est 415 Valuation of Real Estate, 3 cr
Real Est 420 Urban and Regional Economics, 3 cr
Real Est 611 Residential Property Development, 3 cr

Students should take Real Estate 306 as early as possible, as it is a prerequisite for many other real estate courses.

Real Estate 312 should also be taken early, ideally the semester after Real Estate 306.

Please note that the scheduling of Real Estate 312 occasionally conflicts with that of 420 in the spring semester.

It is strongly recommended that students take Real Estate 415 before Real Estate 410, or that 410 and 415 be taken concurrently.

Real Estate 611 should be taken after Real Estate 410 and 415.

Additional Courses

Undergraduate students are encouraged to take additional electives from among the following real estate and related courses within the School of Business. Electives are typically not offered every semester.

Real Estate Electives

Real Estate 425 Real Estate Asset Management, 3 cr
Real Est 430 International Real Estate, 3 cr
Real Estate 641 Housing Economics, 3 cr
Real Estate 651 Green–Sustainable Development, 3 cr

The Real Estate Department regularly offers innovative and cutting-edge electives under Real Estate 365. Students should check the Course Guide every semester.

Related Courses

Finance 305 Financial Markets, Institutions and Economic Activity, 3 cr
Finance 320 Investments, 3 cr
OTM 578 Facilities Location Models, 3 cr
OTM 444 Economics of Transportation, 3 cr
Tran P U 478 Urban Transport Economics, 3 cr
Tran P U 641 Transportation in Economic Development, 3 cr

Recommended Non-Business Electives

Electives may also be selected outside the business-economics core from among a number of courses elsewhere in the university, which will provide greater professional awareness and more specialized tools.

Envir St 325 Analysis of the Physical Environment, 4 cr
Envir St 575 Assessment of Environmental Impact, 3 cr
BSE (also Land Arc) 356 Sustainable Residential Construction, 3 cr
Land Arc 250 Survey of Landscape Architecture Design, 3 cr
Land Arc 351 Housing and Urban Design, 4 cr
Land Arc 451 Open Space Planning and Design, 2 cr
Soil Sci 301 General Soil Science, 4 cr
Soil Sci 315 Soil Science for Land Use Planning, 3 cr
Civ Engr 340 Structural Analysis I, 3 cr
Civ Engr 365 City Planning, 3 cr
Civ Engr 498 Construction Project Management, 3 cr
Art Hist 368 American Architecture: the 19th Century, 3 cr
Art Hist 369 American Architecture: the 20th Century, 3 cr
Geog 377 An Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, 3 cr
Urb R Pl (also Geog) 305 Introduction to the City, 4 cr
Urb R Pl 420 Urban and Regional Economics, 3 cr
Urb R Pl 520 Community Economics Analysis, 3 cr
Urb R Pl 463 Evolution of American Planning, 3 cr
Urb R Pl 601 Site Planning, 3 cr